Blowing Rock may be the first tourist town in the Smokies. After people got word of the beautiful area, this became a vacation spot with people camping, just to spend time in the mountains. Now, Blowing Rock is the one of the premier resort cities on the North Carolina side of the Smokies. Shopping, art galleries, culture, great food and skiing give you more than enough reasons to make Blowing Rock a stop on your mountain vacation.
The Cherokee called this area home until the European settlers came to this area. The Scottish and the Irish felt home in this are at the top of the mountain, in the shadows of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. During the late 19th century, Blowing Rock adopted tourism as their main industry. Hotels began to be built as people touted the healthy atmosphere of the town.
In modern times, with the development of better roads and the introduction of mass produced automobiles, Blowing Rock thrived. People love the history and the legends surrounding the area. The resorts that are around the area bring in thousands of people and the people love to come back year after year.
- 1,418 population
- 3,566 (average altitude)
- 36°7′47″N 81°40′21″W
- Watauga & Caldwell County
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